Title: Try Darkness
Author: James Scott Bell
Publisher: Center Street
My rating is 5 stars out of 5.
Ty Buchanan is back in another legal thriller. This time he represents a poor, single, woman with a young daughter who is facing eviction from a hotel that rents rooms weekly. She has the money, but the hotel won’t take it because if she lives at the hotel for more than 30 days, it changes the legal status of the hotel. So, the hotel only accepts money for three weeks, then evicts tenants, putting them out on the street usually. Ty’s client refuses to be cowed and wants to fight against the hotel in court. Ty quickly discovers that the firm representing the hotel is one he is very familiar with, his former employer. The lead attorney for the firm is his former best friend. Ty wastes no time in playing hardball against the big firm, telling them his client wants to remain in the hotel and if they don’t accept her money, they will be taken to court. Ty is warned to let the matter drop, but his client remains firm in her stance. That is until she is found dead.
Ty is still living at the St. Benedictine Monastery with Father Bob and Sister Mary Veritas. They help him in his quest to find his client’s killer as well as take care of her young daughter. Father Bob also likes to discuss theological matters with Ty, trying to get Ty to open his mind to God. Kylie, his client’s daughter, develops an attachment to Ty and Sister Mary as she tries to remember some things about her mother that might help Ty’s investigation. Ty isn’t afraid of the big-time law firm or their wealthy and powerful client. He loves to poke the bear. He seeks justice for his client as well as her daughter.
Again, Ty’s wit and sense of humor are quickly evident, which I found refreshing. His developing relationship with Sister Mary and Father Bob was also interesting. His basketball skills are sure put to the test by Sister Mary as she schools him in the art of b-ball. I also loved his interactions with Sister Hildegarde. Boy, did he love to push her buttons! He is a protector of those who can’t protect themselves. When the pressure is on, he acts with courage and grit and stubborn refusal to give in or give up. For those who like suspenseful legal thrillers, this book is sure to please!